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Our Holiday Gift Guide: Tween Boy

Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 4:04 PM Central

by Tim Briscoe

We've got some good picks for the pre-teen guy on your Christmas list. These are perfect for cool little dudes aged seven to 12, or thereabouts.

Spongebob Squarepants: Season 4 Volume 1

Everyone knows Spongebob rules the world of the pre-teen boy. What could be better than the first 20 episodes of the show's fourth season. Available now. (Volume two arrives Jan. 9.) Suggested retail price of $36.99.

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

A tad obnoxious but so are teen boys. Believe us that your guy knows about this one and he's dying to have a copy of his own to watch over and over and over... Available now. $29.99 SRP.

Monster House

Yeah, it's a little spooky, not a good choice for some of the younger ones in this age group. It's also great animation and a great story. This one'll definitely keep his eyes glued to the TV for a couple of hours. Available now. $28.95 SRP.

Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 4

Ah, yes, the classics. Introduce your little dude to Bugs Bunny and gang. This is what all of today's cartoons (Spongebob, Fairly Oddparents, Foster's, etc.) aspire to be. Available now. $64.92 SRP.

Napoleon Dynamite: Like the Best Special Edition Ever

At this point, your early-teen has worn out his DVD of Napoleon Dynamite. Why not replace it with an upgrade? It's more fun than a barrel of ligers. Available now. $26.98 SRP.

The Transformers 20th Anniversary Special Edition

He wasn't alive in the '80s for the original rise of the Transformers. Prepare him for their return with next summer's big budget live-action movie. He'll love you for it. Available now. $21.98 SRP.

Teen Titans: The Complete Second Season

Batman and Superman are passť. The Teen Titans (DC Comics' answer to the X-Men) are much cooler. Your guy will love the stylized animation and hip storylines. If only they made a X-Men cartoon this cool. Available now. $19.98 SRP.

How to Eat Fried Worms

The book upon which this movie is based is a favorite of fifth graders every where. It may sound gross to you but that's the very reason why he'll, um, eat it up. Available now. $27.95 SRP.

Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody!

From Aardman Animations, the guys behind Wallace & Gromit and Flushed Away, comes this short-lived British TV series. The claymation animals are hysterical. Great price too. (An American version of this show will be coming to CBS next year.) Available now. $9.95 SRP.

Home Alone: Family Fun Edition

Of course you remember this one. It's basically a live-action version of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner set at Christmas. The slapstick comedy contained herein is what it's all about for your pre-pubescent man. This special edition, a bonus Obligatory Holiday Pick, even has a commentary track with a now-mature Macauley Culkin. Available now. $19.98 SRP.